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Dr. Brent Hoffmeister, Rhodes College
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  Brent Hoffmeister, Rhodes College
  2011 SPS Outstanding Chapter Advisor Dr. Brent Hoffmeister of Rhodes College, Memphis, TN.

Brent Hoffmeister, associate professor and department chair of physics, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN received his PhD in physics from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995. He joined Rhodes College in 1996 and quickly revived their dormant SPS chapter. He has served as SPS advisor ever since. His chapter has been named an Outstanding Chapter for the last 13 years, in part for their creative outreach efforts to the Memphis community. Student leadership in the Rhodes Chapter includes an Outreach Officer who coordinates many of their activities. In addition, the Physics Department at Rhodes offers a course called “Memphysics” where students can earn academic credit for their community outreach activities. His chapter has received multiple awards including the Blake Lilly Prize, the Marsh White Award and several SPS Leadership Scholarships. One of the many students who wrote letters nominating him for this award wrote,

During my second week as a freshman at Rhodes…I walk[ed] into the office to see Brent [Hoffmeister], who turns and greets me, then says, ‘I’m looking for a team of students to do another microgravity experiment and I think you would be perfect for the job. Would you like to join?’…I would not be where I am today without Brent. -Joshua Fuchs, Rhodes College Class of 2011

A truly successful SPS chapter requires leadership, organization, a broad spectrum of activities, and enthusiastic student participation. In determining the recipient of the award, the Award Committee considers the leadership, student leadership development, support, and encouragement provided by the Chapter Advisor to create and sustain a successful program. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium totaling $5,000, with $3000 going to the Chapter Advisor, $1000 to the Chapter, and $1000 to the recipient’s physics department.

All SPS Chapter Advisors are eligible for nomination for the award provided their chapter has received an Outstanding Chapter Award within the preceding two years during their tenure as SPS Chapter Advisor. In order to be considered for an Outstanding Chapter Award, a chapter must have submitted an annual report.

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